When A Scot Ties The Knot: Castles Ever After by Tessa DareWhen A Scot Ties The Knot: Castles Ever After by Tessa Dare

When A Scot Ties The Knot: Castles Ever After

byTessa Dare

Mass Market Paperback | August 25, 2015

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On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty, and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter . . . and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He's wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters . . . and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

Tessa Dare is theNew York Timesbestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.
Title:When A Scot Ties The Knot: Castles Ever AfterFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.96 inPublished:August 25, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062349023

ISBN - 13:9780062349026


Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I wasn't expecting to give When a Scot Ties the Knot 5 stars. The beginning was a little rough. I didn't like how the book opened with the letters Maddie wrote to her fictitious Captain Logan MacKenzie. The letters went on for a little too long for my liking. I'd prefer if we were shown snippets of her letters throughout the book rather than ploughing through them right at the beginning of the story. Anyway, I did love this book. I love Tessa Dare's fun and creative plot lines. I could not wait to read a book where a girl faked a boyfriend/fiancé only to have him show up on her doorstep. Logan was blackmailing Maddie for a home for him and his soldiers and Tessa Dare managed to make a love story based on blackmail and manipulation charming. I didn't think it was possible. I loved Maddie. She was so relatable and unintentionally funny. The fact she was so dedicated to her lie for so long was what got me. Not only did she lie to her family about a fake boyfriend to avoid having to date, but she wrote letters to him, and then wrote even more letters to herself to prove to everyone else that he was writing her. She wrote entire POEMS to herself. It was too amusing. Logan was a hard person to get to know and it was all that more satisfying when he does reveal parts of his past, his feelings, and his goals. It was satisfying watching a very guarded person lower their defences and open up about themselves. I enjoyed the lead up to everything and how Maddie and Logan slowly got to know each other emotionally and physically. It was realistic in the sense that things progressed between them rather than having passionate moment after passionate moment, since that wouldn't make sense with the characters that we are given, in which Maddie has social anxiety and Logan is emotionally detached. One thing that I found slightly troublesome were the moments where Maddie was telling Logan she wasn't ready to do something sexual and he'd basically say something along the lines of, "But I know you want it." His saving grace was the fact that he asked her if it was okay to continue or if she felt comfortable. So it's a toss-up. What I greatly admired was how Maddie argued that she should get the illustrator job because there are married men who are never rejected for job positions solely based on their marital status, so it would be a double standard to deny her the job offer because she was newly married. Logan also gets points for encouraging Maddie to pursue her dreams rather than staying behind to be with him. When a Scot Ties the Know was a hilarious, charming, and heartwarming read.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Logan MacKenzie *swoon* I loved everything about this story! Headstrong leading lady? check Swoonworthy leading man? check throw in a kilt, that he reads? perfection. I laughed out loud so many times reading this book! As the friend who recommended it to me said "if you don't laugh in the first couple pages, we can't be friends anymore".
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YOU WILL LAUGH OUT LOUD READING THIS So I've read this book twice now and I do not regret it. If you don't have a thing for a Scottish laddie, you will after this book <3 there's nothing more addicting than a man who thinks he's too tough for love but ends up falling helplessly (for me anyway). The characters are so well written AND FUNNY. I laughed out loud so many times reading this book it was unreal.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 incendiary stars Captain Logan MacKenzie is a Scotsman. He wears a kilt. He also wears reading glasses. And he reads books in bed. He even reads Pride and Prejudice. If that does not convince you to read this book, I don't know what will. I loved everything about this book. Maddie was such a relatable heroine, to the point where I was equally confused when Logan was mad about her "killing him off" in her last letter. I mean, I completely understood why Maddie had to eventually do that. So when Logan finally snapped, I realized, along with Maddie, just how much those letters meant to him. My heart seriously couldn't take it. I also appreciated that loose ends were tied and that Maddie's dream was realized. The author didn't leave us in the dark with Grant's situation. Most of all, Logan is now able to trust. Great characterization and development. I laughed, I laughed uproariously, I cried and then, I laughed out loud some more. I think Captain Logan MacKenzie might actually be my favourite Scottish romance hero yet. I am also lowkey attracted to the male model on the cover. The only complaints I really have were that I found some typos (seems to be a trend with Avon books?) and that all the major plot points were resolved in the very last third of the book. It would have worked better, in my opinion, if some had been resolved earlier on. But none of that had a negative impact on my level of enjoyment.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Read This book was not as good as the two others that I have read in this series however it was very enjoyable. The relationship between Madeline and Logan was very amusing and very honest. Dare created another down to earth and real female character who created a fictional husband so that she could focus on her sketches of animal anatomy instead of always being rejected by men at balls. Obviously things don't happen exactly how she planned them to but the story unravels in a pleasant and smooth way. I would recommend it to anyone who has previously read a Tessa Dare book.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from At least it made me laugh I hate romance, but the title made me laugh my head off...so I read this for the giggles too...welp I can say romance is still not my genre, but at least I laughed at how ridiculous it was
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from when a scot ties YOU in knots; I'm giving this all the knotty stars in Scotland. And beyond. WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT was not only wonderful but it was so so much fun. It has so much self-deprecating humour to the extent that it never seems to take itself seriously, quietly throwing in a few good quips and snarks at the typical or overdone Scots romance plot, and yet an equal amount of sweetness and heat, with the perfect pinch of angst, to ensure you believe in this story, in the romance, 100%. The premise is ridiculous, in the most endearing way, the characters both slightly damaged but also both aware of their faults. We also have the most interesting cast of secondary characters (both those of flesh and blood and those with pincers or claws -- seriously, you have to see it to believe it) that really bring out the best in our leads. I'm definitely going to be reading the rest of this series and keeping an eye on whatever else Dare releases (or rather, chewing through her substantial backlist). The best kinds of romance books (in my opinion) are those that make you feel, yes, but also make you laugh and this author has a writing style that manages both.. often at the same time. She embraces the cliches, makes you love them, makes them work for the characters and still manages to surprise you. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wben a Scot Ties the Knot This was a tremendous story and I loved it! Though Ms. Dare is always a good read, she really outdid herself on this book. I highly reommend it.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweetly written romantic fantasy. Tessa Dare's sweetly written romantic fantasy is a treasure. When a Scot Ties the Knot is a beguiling historical read. It's witty, touching and a fantasy come true. Insecure Madeline thought that pretended to be something she wasn't would make her happy. But it turns out being her true self is what made her better. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from from the first I was hooked From the very first letter Maddie wrote her fake beau I was hooked. She has a sense of humor that just slays me and I couldn’t wait to see how much of a hole she ended up digging for herself. I wanted to put in an example of something that tickled me so very much but I realized that so much of it was context and delivery, which means that you have to get your own copy to find out :) Maddie has to be one of my favorite heroines. While she suffers from a debilitating case of social anxiety, in her element she is smart, sassy, and caring but a little bit of an odd duck (and that’s just fine). She looks out for those she holds dear and she has a grand interest in nature. Her only issue is that darn, fake fiancé … the one that is now back from the dead. And too sexy for her own good! I love how much Maddie’s letters came to mean to Logan while he was fighting - and how hard he’s trying to not show it. He had a bad childhood that bled straight into war. He’s never had a soft moment, a truly caring person in his life, and the only bright spot is the men in his command. The men that now have no home or family of their own and for whom Logan is going to do everything he can to make them happy. And that’s where Maddie and her deception come in. These two together are a hoot and a half. They have so much going against them, and are an absolute riot when they clash, but as they get to know each other they realize that they could make something real out of a whole lot of fiction. The question is if they are willing to expose themselves and give their heart & trust to another. (I’ll let you in on a secret – they do, because this is a romance :)) (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fun castle romance As always wonderful characters. I always enjoy Ms. Dare's stories. A romance between two damaged souls who find each other.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exuberant, Moving & Wildly Romantic! 4-4.5 Stars | Hot Steam Exuberant, moving and wildly romantic, When a Scot Ties the Knot transports and utterly transfixes from its blissfully perfect cover to its tender and triumphant happily ever after! Infused with an abundance of warmth, humor and passion so white hot you’ll catch fire, this winning tale will keep you up all night, smiling, swooning and shedding more than a few joy-filled tears as Maddie and Logan find their way into each other’s hearts one hilarious and heated hurdle at a time. Maddie is a rare and radiant character whose appeal grows with each turn of the page. Endearing, relatable and entirely lovable, I treasured her—sympathizing with her plight and delighting in her effervescence, vulnerability, cheekiness and wit. She’s an outstanding heroine and the ideal match for her craftily conjured Captain-come-to-life, the world weary and soul-hardened Logan MacKenzie. And, oh my goodness… He. Is. Heavenly! A towering wall of strength and virility, that brave, loyal, confident, commanding and cocksure male masterpiece is Maddie’s—and all living breathing females’—secret fantasy and stormy new reality. As his coldness dissolves into kindness, Logan reveals a softer, playful and entirely new level of supreme sexiness—following through on every one of his wickedly tantalizing vows and falling madly in love with his Maddie. It’s breathtaking and beautiful to read! Truly, their magical chemistry and inspired connection is unparalleled perfection and a true highlight of the Castles Ever After series. I highly recommend this sensational and timeless must-read romance, not only to fans of Tessa Dare who have, no doubt, already pre-ordered and are counting down the hours until it appears on their door step or e-reader, but to romance lovers everywhere who seek an uplifting, sublimely sensual and simply unforgettable love story. Just prepare yourself for a doozy of a book hangover! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-08-25

Editorial Reviews

“With sharp, clever banter, breathtaking sensuality, colorful descriptions, and solid cultural detail, this compelling, often hilarious escapade puts a refreshing spin on the “imaginary lover” theme and adds another winner to Dare’s riveting “Castles” series.”